President Mikheil Saakashvili has condemned the cruel actions and promised to punish the responsible guards. He also believes that the guards were paid to stage the abuse. According to the prosecutorís office, ten persons have been arrested including the head of Tibilisi prison. The prisons minister immediately resigned.
Georgia, a country repeatedly criticised for human rights abuses and poor conditions of detention, will hold presidential elections on 1 October. In 2005, the United Nations Special Rapporteur of Torture conducted a fact-finding mission. His report and the follow-up reports can be found here